Blanket Making volunteers create high quality knotted comforters for MCC's relief programs. Blankets are created at their local church, in their home or at community sites.
Skills/ Knowledge/ Attitude Requirements:
- Some knowledge of sewing or willingness to learn
- Ability to purchase or access suitable fabric, batting, thread and crochet cotton for blankets
- Own or have access to sewing machine
- Fine motor skills for hand knotting essential
- Transportation may be required if joining a church group
Tasks and Responsibilities:
- Cut fabric into squares
- Sew squares together into 60”x 80” top
- Cut backing to 64” x 84”, and layer under batting (use of a quilt frame may be helpful)
- Knot comforters at 4” – 6” intervals
- Bind edges of comforter
- Deliver to drop off location for MCC Ontario or to Material Resources in Kitchener
- See http://mcccanada.ca/kits/comforter for more information
- Expected number of hours per week or month: varies depending on availability
- Length of commitment required: varies – can be a one-time volunteer or ongoing
- Available for high school community service hours – yes, providing a local church group or other supervising agency can accommodate the request.
- Largely unsupervised, but Material Resources Coordinator can be consulted for questions or guidelines/specifications for blanket making. If working in a church group, leadership is often provided by a member of the group.
Training and Development offered:
- Training can be provided by volunteering at Material Resources Workroom in Kitchener to learn the skills, or by the existing volunteers at a church group
- Volunteer liability coverage not provided by MCC
All MCC volunteers are expected to respect the MCC mission statement: Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a worldwide ministry of Anabaptist churches, shares God's love and compassion for all in the name of Christ by responding to basic human needs and working for peace and justice. MCC envisions communities worldwide in right relationship with God, one another and creation.